For the art lover: Genbi Shinkansen
A bullet train designed specifically for the purpose of allowing passengers to enjoy cutting-edge Japanese contemporary art, the Genbi Shinkansen features different artworks in every carriage, a kids’ room where children can learn more about art, and even a slick café.
After the one-hour trip between Echigo-Yuzawa and Niigata stations, make sure to check out the exterior of the train, covered in a bold depiction of Niigata’s famous Nagaoka fireworks as captured by photographer Mika Ninagawa.
Operated by JR East, Joetsu Shinkansen, between Echigo-Yuzawa and Niigata. www.jreast.co.jp/genbi